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  Youth Adult    
  Boy Scouts   American Legion Ladies Night Out
  Girl Scouts   VFW Lions Club
  Busy Bees 4-H Club   4th of July Committee Mopar Car Club
  Towanda 4-H Club   Friends of the Library PTO
  Junior Firefighters   Friends of Towanda Rt. 66 Rt 66 Red Carpet Corridor Group
      Towanda Reads Senior Organization
      Historical Society  
      HCE Walking Mornings at NCHS
Church          
  First Baptist Church    


Boy Scouts of America


              Wesley Cabin, Adams Street, Towanda

Troop Committee
        Chairman Bob Briggs    728-2187
        Meet quarterly - as called

Pancake & Sausage Supper
        Chairman Mike Potts    728-2384
        2nd Saturday, February

Boy Scout troop 56
       Scoutmaster:  Mickey Lang   728-8830
       Meet each Monday  year round
       Wesley Cabin 7:00pm

Cub Scout Pack 56
       Cubmaster
Doug Domkuski  728-2964
             email:  domkuski@mchsi.com
       Meet the 4th Tuesday of the month during the school year
       Towanda Elementary School, 6:00 pm

Website:  http://crossroads.wdboyce.org/~troop56c/

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G
irl Scouts

 

Each grade level K - 5 generally has it's own Girl Scout troop.
Contact Mary Wagoner for information about Leaders and meeting times.
       
        email:  bmwagoner@mchsi.com

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Busy Bees 4-H Club


      Busy Bees 4-H group at their annual spring
               clean-up at the Library, 2007

Leaders: Martha Rients    728-2178
    email:

Meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month,  September - August
Community Building, 7:00 pm

The Towanda Busy Bees were originally the Towanda Boys Club.  Open to both girls and boys, the club did agricultural projects.  Later the club became the Towanda Busy Doers which lasted until 1971-72.  The next year a former Busy Doer started the Towanda Busy Bees, a club to include both boys and girls.  Today the Towanda Busy Bees are a 4-H club that welcomes anyone in the area ages 8-18 (or 5-7 for the Cloverbud Club).

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Towanda 4-H Club

       

Leader: Kathy Schultz 728-2137
    email: muskymouth@frontiernet.net

Clover Buds: Jeanie Wager 728-2852
    email: jwager@frontiernet.net

Meet the 1st Tuesday, of the month, September - July
Community Building, 6:30 pm

4-H is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 18 by September 1 and Cloverbuds are for boys and girls ages 5 to 7 by September 1.

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Junior Firefighters

Contacts:
       Tom Wagner  319-0130  email: wagbo616@hotmail.com
       James Crow    825-2874  email: jjspt5@mchsi.com

Meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
Towanda Fire Station, 7:00 pm
 
The Junior Firefighters group is open to girls and boys ages 15 - 17.  The group learns life saving, first aid, and proper firefighting skills.  Participants prepare to become active firefighters by working alongside Towanda firefighters.  Enrollment is open and youth may join at any time.

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American Legion

American Legion, Post 931
       Commander: Tom Wagner  287-7861
                email: 
       Adjutant: Mike Potts  728-2384
                email: pottse@frontiernet.net
       Meet the 3rd Thursday of the month
       Legion Hall, West Hely Street, 7:00 pm

Legion Auxiliary, Unit 931
       President Debbie Kinsella   728-2216
       Meet the 3rd Thursday of the month
       Legion Hall 7:00 pm

Sons of the Legion
       President Paul Dabbs   376-3351
       Meet the 3rd Thursday of the month
       Legion Hall 7:00 pm

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VFW Post 462

Commander:  Don Crop     663-0038
Vice Commander: Tom Wagner    319-0130
                 email: wagbo616@hotmail.com

Meet the 2nd Sunday of the month
Community Building 6:00 pm

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4th of July Committee


                          
4th of July Parade

Committee: Debbie Kinsella  728-2216

Parade Chairman:  Gail Ann Briggs  728-2187

Flea Market:  Linda Potts   728-2384

Website:  http://www.towandajuly4.com

Meet the 4th Monday of the month, January - July & September
Community Building 7:00 pm

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Friends of the Library


Friends of the Library Book Sale at the 4th of July Flea Market

President: Kay Liebenow    728-2427
      email: KayLiebenow@hotmail.com

Meet quarterly: March, June, September, December, at 6:00 pm
Date and location are determined at the previous meeting and are announced at the Towanda District Library website: http://towandalibrary.org/.

The Friends of the Library are involved in many projects to support the library.  Funds raised in activities such as the annual book sale and Krigles sale are used to purchase special equipment for the library.  The projector and screen, a printer, and chairs for the computer desks are among the items that have been purchased.

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Friends of Towanda Route 66



Contact: Fred Walk, 728-2188
    email: fwalk@frontiernet.net

The Route 66 linear parkway captures the local history and geography of the "Mother Road" as it passes through Towanda. Brochures, murals, pamphlets, maps on the pavement, and Burma Shave signs provide information to enhance your knowledge of our local, state, and U.S. history. Come enjoy the beautiful gardens and landscaping along the 2 1/2 mile Parkway. Benches and picnic tables are located along the road for your convenience.  Jason Nourie's third grade class is among the volunteers who help with the parkway.  Other volunteers are welcome to help maintain our piece of history.

http://route66towanda.org/

History of the park, with photographs

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Towanda Reads Book Club

President: Kay Liebenow    728-2427
      email: KayLiebenow@hotmail.com

Meet quarterly: March, June, September, December

7:00 pm, Date and location are determined at the previous meeting and are announced at the Towanda District Library website: http://towandalibrary.org/.

At each meeting the members discuss a book selected by the members at a previous meeting.  This is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors as well as to expand your horizons with books suggested by other book club members.

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Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS)


     TAHS Volunteers and Interviewees, 4th of July Parade, 2007

President:  Gail Ann Briggs    728-2187
      email:  tahs@towandahistory.org

Meet the 4th Tuesday of the month, January - October
Community Building, 7:00 pm

Website: http://towandahistory.org

1976 History book

The Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS) was formed in early 2005 in response to the departure of original residents from the area and the development of rural properties into business and residential areas for nearby Bloomington and Normal. The hope was to preserve the rich history of the area before it was too late. Much of the area history has been captured and is available at the TAHS website (see above) as well as at the Illinois State Library website (http://www.idaillinois.org). Next on the TAHS agenda are capturing the stories of our veterans and updating the 1976 history book.
 

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HCE - McLean County Home/Community Education

President: Cindy Kelley   663-4796
                email: ckek.72@verizon.net 

Membership Chairman: Robin Pearson, 815-579-1650
                 email: robintowanda@yahoo.com
 
                
Pat Pulokas   728-2118
                         email: palp@mchsi.com
 

Website: http://www.mcleanhce.org/

Meet the 2nd Monday of the month, September - May
Community Building (usually) 7:00 pm

The Towanda HCE is open to all individuals and offers educational opportunities and an exchange of ideas.  HCE believes in leadership and community service while promoting friendships and enhancing home, families and self. The Towanda Unit has sponsored the July 3 Spaghetti Supper for the past 14 years. With any profit received, they support the community, county and world.
 

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Towanda Ladies Night Out Group

President: Sue Larkin    728-2695
Secretary: Carol Meyers   728-2749
       email: rmyers@frontiernet.net

Meet the 1st Tuesday of the month, except January and July
Restaurants - TBA  6:00 pm

The Towanda Ladies Night Out Group is a social group dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Towanda area. They support the Library summer reading program and the Senior Citizen group through the Easter Breakfast. They coordinate the giving of food baskets to families in need at Thanksgiving and buy gifts for needy children at Christmas. They donate to the Fourth of July committee as well as participating in the parade. TLNO has donated trees for the Route 66 Project as well as the reconstruction of the Village Bandstand. Each fall, they have provided needed supplies to the teachers at the grade school.

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Lions Club


           Lion club members serve snow cones to kick off
              the summer reading program at the library.

President:  Jerry Bersche   
     

Meet the 2nd Thursday of the month
Community Building / TBA 6:30 pm

Mission Statement: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. The Lions Motto is We Serve.

While the Towanda Lions Club prides itself in helping people who cannot afford eye exams and glasses, some of the local activities include; Highway Litter control two miles south of Towanda, Easter Seals Camp, Easter Egg Hunt, Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship, serving Towanda Elementary children snow cones in the spring and recycling eye glasses too!

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Mopar Car Club

Chuck Pettigrew,  728-2894
     email: joycepet@frontiernet.net

 

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PTO - Parent/Teacher Organization

President: Nicole Mackinson, 830-8619
     email: mackinsn@unit5.org

PTO Meets 1st Monday (usually) September - May
at the school at 7:00 pm

The Towanda Parent-Teacher Organization's purpose is to promote a better relationship and understanding between parents, teachers and students, and to provide a service to school and community.  PTO also sponsors the Boys Scouts in Towanda. Membership is free. Membership consists of faculty members, parents, and other interested members of the community.

http://www.unit5.org/towanda/PTO/index.htm

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Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Group

Contact: Sharon Arteman,  728-2169 (home)
            email:
arte2@frontiernet.net

Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Event: 1st full weekend of May.

It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America, Route 66, also known as the "Mother Road". The Red Carpet Corridor consists of all the communities on historic Route 66 between downtown Joliet and south to Towanda.  Towanda events include a flea market, a car show and a visit to the beautifully landscaped abandoned section of Route 66 alongside the town.

Meet the 1st Thursday of the month, September - April, in the Community Building

Website: http://il66redcarpetcorridor.org/

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Towanda S
enior Organization

President: Beverly Meginnes    728-2769
      email: bemegin@yahoo.com

The Towanda Senior Organization was organized by the Towanda Junior's Organization in 1978.  They meet monthly for a pot luck luncheon. Meat and drinks are always provided.  Members bring food to share and their own table service.   On some occasions there is a special program, such as a speaker or musical entertainment. Each December the Towanda elementary school third graders sing Christmas Songs at the luncheon. 

There are no membership dues. Most of the funding for the luncheons comes from merchants both locally and in Bloomington, and sometimes Lexington, who purchase ads for the annual Birthday Calendar. The calendars are sold for $1.00 each at several locations.

The Senior Organization also has a bake sale at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the community building. The Towanda Boy Scouts usually make a nice donation to the Seniors Group.

Meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month
Community Building 12:00 noon

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Walking Mornings at NCHS

Contacts:
     Virginia Lowery   728-2686, vlowery@ag-auditing.com
     Sue Sutter          728-2149

Free, open walking for community members is on-going at NCHS.  Parking and entry are on the west side of the building, through the main door from the student lot.  The door is open about 5:45 a.m. on days students and/or staff are scheduled.  Sign-in is located in the staff lounge/workroom, just past the cafeteria on the left (across from the school office.  Please sign a waiver (once) and wear the provided 'Community Walker' lanyard.  Sign-out and leave the lanyard before departing.  Zero hour is 6:20-7:10; first hour begins at 7:15; leaving before 7:00 is recommended. 

Contact Virginia Lowery at: h) 728-2686; w) 862-3870 Ext.228; cell) 825-6341 or by email: vlowery@ag-auditing.com - OR Sue Sutter at: h) 728-2149 to get information.

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First Baptist Church

   Pastor  Adam Wilson
   309-531-4794
   wilson.adam112@gmail.com

   205 West Monroe Street

   Sunday: Sunday School - 9:30am
   Worship Service -10:15am

   Bible Study - 6:00pm

   Mission Statement: Love God...love each other...minister to people.

 

 

 

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Last Updated Friday July 04, 2014

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